Parent Carer Support

Being a parent of a child with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) can be very rewarding, but also can bring its challenges. To help you and make sure that you feel supported, within the parent support section, you will find information regarding parent carer groups where you will be able to talk to others in similar situations, local and national support available to you, short breaks, SENDIASS and volunteer parent support.

 

For more information, follow the links below:

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Being a parent is a tough job and with the added pressure of your child's additional needs it can at times seem overwhelming. If you need someone to talk to, click the link abov and you will find some local and national places to go to when you need a helping hand.

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In this area of York's Local Offer for SEND, you can find all referral forms and blank documents that you may need throughout your child's life from 0-25 years. These documents include referrals to the Specialist Teaching Team, blank EHCP and My Support Plans.

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The York Family Information Service is a free and impartial information service for mums, dads and carers of children and young people aged 0-19 (or up to 25 for disabled children) we are part of the Local Area Teams Information Service and Information Service for Young People.

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Your child and your family are entitled to support whether your child has a diagnosis or not, follow the link above which will take you to 'Contact' who will offer you information on the support which is available when your child does not have a diagnosis.

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:#: SENDIASS :#:

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Special Education Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service.

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There are lots of local and national support services out there but knowing where to start to look for help can feel overwhelming. We have put together support services for the most common enquiries.

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Short Breaks have two main aims:

  • To give parents or full time carers of disabled children and young people a break from their caring responsibilities.
  • To enable disabled children to have an active social life and join in with safe, fun and interesting activities.

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Childcare for children and young people with SEN and disabilities Using childcare can bring many benefits for children including their development, learning and play. For you as a parent using good quality childcare means you can work, train, or just have a break.The link above will take you to information regarding childcare such as accessing free childcare, the choices available and finding the right one for your child.

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:#: Children's Education Advisory Service (MoD) :#:

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This service provides support  to Service and eligible MOD civilian families.

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:#: Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) :#:

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PALS offers impartial advice and assistance to patients, their relatives, friends and carers.  We can listen to feedback (positive or negative), help you get answers to your questions and liaise on your behalf to help resolve any concerns about our Trust services.

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If you have a concern about a child or young person, follow the link above for the correct contact details.

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:#: Citizens Advice York :#:

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Citizens Advice York offer free, confidential and independent advice to everyone.

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:#: Bereavement :#:

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For information on helpful resources and services that may help you when someone close to you dies.

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:#: Bullying :#:

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For more information on the different types of bullying and useful websites aimed at children, young people and parents.

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:#: Child Maintenance :#:

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The information which Child Maintenance Options has provided is not a substitute for independent professional advice and users should obtain professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances.

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:#: Family Learning and York Learning :#:

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If you’re a mum, dad or carer of a young child, then the most important educator in that child’s life is you. 

Mums, dads and carers who are more confident and take an active interest in learning themselves act as positive role models for their children. If you want to give your child a good start, or are considering a career working in schools or childcare settings, check out the courses offered by Family Learning and the wider range of courses provided by the York Learning team.

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The Internet is part of many people's day to day life and as parents, it's important to understand what children and young people are doing online. 

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Parenting courses and other support groups.

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:#: Relationships and sexual health :#:

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The Family Planning Association website has tips and advice on how to talk to your child about growing up, relationships and sex. 

- It's not ok - child sexual abuse and exploitation

Tackling child sexual exploitation is everyone’s responsibility.  "It's not OK" raises awareness about signs of child sexual exploitation and abuse, what to do if you suspect abuse or exploitation and and tips for talking to your children.

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York Family Information Service and Information Service for Young People

01904 554444 / 01904 555400

fis@york.gov.uk

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